1983 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler
Lifted 1983 Jeep Scrambler with tons of modifications, not a show car, but stands out on the road and gets a lot of attention wherever it goes. I bought this Jeep in 2013 with the understanding that it needed some work, only to realize that there was quite a bit more to do than was disclosed. I’ve spent the last 7 years repairing/replacing/improving things. Below is a list of everything that’s been done that I can think of, and there’s a summary at the bottom. I may have forgotten some stuff though, so please ask any questions you have and I’ll try to answer and provide pictures if I can.
Upgrades that were done before I got it:
Sunpro Mini tachometer
YJ Windshield frame installed
The metal in the YJ frame is thicker, and swapping it in helps solve an issue with the windshield wiper arms bending and failing.
Twin-stick kit for Dana 300 Transfer case
Allows High and Low ranges to be applied to one set of axles at a time, which can help out when four-wheeling in tight spaces. Both High and Low work great and shift smoothly.
Locking Tuffy Center consul and locking Tuffy glovebox, I have keys for both
Oversized Chevy Blazer brake booster/reservoir
Rear quarter panels and rockers covered with ⅛” diamond plate
Heavy duty front and rear bumpers with welded on D-rings
Tons of other stuff that I had to rip out or redo because they were done… poorly.
Upgrades that were done by me over the last 7yrs:
(I have receipts for all this stuff, I’ve never totaled them up, but I’m pretty sure if I did my wife would leave me, also pretty sure my picture is up at NAPA HQ somewhere)
(’78 AMC 258 I6)
Completely rebuilt over Spring of 2020, XXX miles
Torn completely apart, all components hot tanked and scanned at Vilas Motor Works Bryan, TX
Vilas Motor Works rebuilt the head, ground the crank, and returned everything to me for the rest of the rebuild.
New piston cups, rings, bearings
All new gaskets, timing gears/chain, lifters, rods, rockers
New motor mounts
New spark plugs/wires
Weber 38/38 Carburetor
Freshly rebuilt and tuned with help from The Bug Clinic Bryan, TX
MSD Blaster Ignition Coil
Lokace: Bryan, Texas, United States